HIGH TIBIAL OSTEOTOMY SURGERY
Here are guidelines that will help you in preparing for high tibial osteotomy surgery
PREOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A FEW WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY:
Dr. Gill will see you in the office. He will do a preoperative history and physical examination and complete the necessary paperwork. It is recommended that you utilize a stationary cycle to maintain your knee range of motion and improve the overall function of the knee prior to surgery.
SEVERAL DAYS PRIOR TO SURGERY:
Wash the knee several times a day with soap or Hibiclens solution to get it as clean as you can. This decreases the risk of infection. Be careful not to get any scratches, cuts, sunburn, poison ivy, etc. The skin has to be in very good shape to prevent problems. You do not need to shave.
THE DAY BEFORE SURGERY:
Please be in touch with Dr. Gill’s office to confirm the exact time that you should report to the hospital for surgery. You can have nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the day before surgery. It is very important to have a completely empty stomach prior to surgery for anesthesia safety reasons. If you have to take medication, you can do so with a sip of water early in the morning prior to surgery (but later tell the anesthesiologist you have done so).
DAY OF SURGERY:
Bring any crutches, brace, ice machine or imaging studies that you have received.
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